Mo’ Weight, Mo’ Problems

As the winter creeps in and the supportive growths of Movemeber take hold, I wanted to pay homage in print instead of facially.

Due to the growing popularity of the mustache movement in support of Prostate Cancer, the general public is much more open to discussing it, promoting regular check ups and being more aware of the disease itself. Yet, do we truly understand what some of the underlying factors of why some men are diagnosed with the disease? Well one such reason, which falls within the context of this blog, is of key importance; weight.

A study published in the April 2003 New England Journal of Medicine and supporting research published in 2007 in medical journal, Cancer, found that not only are overweight and obese men at a greater risk of developing prostate cancer, but those who do have it are more likely to have a more aggressive form of the disease.

When comparing men of the same age and stage of prostate cancer research has shown that those men who are an unhealthy weight are two and a half times more likely to die of the disease than men who are of an average weight. Essentially, the mo’ weight you have the mo’ problems you’ll have.

Prostate Cancer Canada also points out research by international cancer research groups which states that:

30 to 40 per cent of all cancer cases are preventable with reasonable and appropriate diets, physical activity and maintenance of appropriate body weight.

Which literally means that getting off your butt, could quite possibly save it.

Lets be honest with each other. We are all guilty of why we are in the condition we find ourselves in and justify it with excuses. Life gets busier, weight sneaks up on us and our general health decreases. We rationalize it as a normal process of life or that time won’t allow for us to do the types of work outs we would ultimately like to do to bring back the physiques either we or our wives would want us to have.

Both are excuses for lack of effort. Recommendations of 30 to 45 minutes of moderate to intense activity three or four times a week are beneficial to decrease the likely hood of developing the disease. It’s also key in decreasing the likelihood of numerous other conditions and illnesses.

Plus it just makes you feel a little better in the end. No pun intended.

In closing this article (and beginning this blog on adult recreation), I’d like to point out that a little physical activity will undoubtedly, improve the quality of not only our lives, but those we share it with us.

There’s no butts about it.

Some prostate cancer facts on behalf of Prostate Cancer Canada

Prostate cancer is:
  • The most common cancer among Canadian men – it will afflict 1 in 7 men and is a greater threat for those with a family history of the disease
  • Turning up in men in their 40s
  • Going to be diagnosed in about 25,500 men this year, not including cases that go undiagnosed due to men’s unwillingness to go for annual check-ups
  • Develops as a result of dietary, environmental and heredity factors (more research is needed to identify its causes and prevent the disease)
  • New, preliminary research suggests pharmaceuticals may help prevent prostate cancer in men at high risk of the disease
  • Often without symptoms in its earliest, most curable stage – making annual testing ever more important
  • Treated by surgery, radiation and hormone therapy (among other treatments)
  • Thought to be a potentially preventable cancer in many cases, but more research is needed
*Symptoms may include slow or painful urination, blood or pus in the urine, painful ejaculation and pain in the lower back or abdomen, pelvis or upper thighs. If experiencing any of these symptoms, please consult a doctor immediately.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Mo’ Weight, Mo’ Problems

  1. 30 to 45 minutes of moderate to intense activity three or four times a week might be a bit tough for some individuals in their 40’s and 50’s not used to exercise. We could probably all benefit from this same amount of activity on a weekly basis though.

    Posted by Steve Webb | November 15, 2011, 3:29 pm
    • Steve,

      Thanks for the comment!

      I agree with you. That is a alot considering most health associations have always used the “20 minutes of exerise three times a week” rule to improve your fitness level. I’d also be intersted to see what they consider ” moderate” exercise. Regardless, I think you’re right. Any amount of excercise over and above our normal routine would be benefitial, but for a lasting impact I tend to lean toward the status quo of 20 minutes three times per week.

      Thanks again for your imput.

      Posted by rustonhaines | November 15, 2011, 5:19 pm

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